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The headlines: The Yorkshire MEP, Godfrey Bloom, says he regrets any
offence his comments on foreign aid may have caused. How we can possibly
be giving �1 billion a month when we're in this debt to bongo bongo
land is complete completely irrational. Of He says he's glad the
issue of foreign aid has been put on the agenda.
Also cleaning teams start work at a play area in Hull linked to the
spread of an infectious bacteria. It's gone through the family in the
past couple of weeks any way. Hopefully we won't get it again. It
is quite worrying something like this. Snrvment How money from a
charity, run by Prince Charles, is helping local farmers.
Yes, we've done it! And find out later why this 72-year-old is
celebrating after his morning dip. After another fine, dry day across
east Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, I'll be back later with your full
forecast for tomorrow and into the Good evening. The east Yorkshire
based MEP, Godfrey Bloom, says he regrets any offence that's been
caused by his use of the phrase "bongo bongo land". He was recorded
at a public meeting where he criticised the amount of Government
money spentds on overseas aid. The UK Independence Party has warned him
not to use those words again. However, in an interview with BBC
Look North, Mr Bloom defended his Godfrey Bloom, he thrives on the
image of being one of our most politically incorrect politicians
sm. Claim the UKIP MEP has overstepped the mark. How we can
give �1 billion a month when we're in this debt to bongo bongo land...
As well as using that phrase, Mr Bloom told a meeting of supporters
in the Midlands those who received foreign aid spent the money on ray
ban sun glasses, apartments in Paris and Ferraris. There's no such place
as bango bango land. I don't see how I could upset to a place that
doesn't exist. However Natalie says she is offended. Natalie and her
husband adopted an African orphan called Star. The family have worked
with charities in Africa. It's making them sound nothing more than
running through the shrub in loincloths beating drums. They're so
much more than that. They're just like us. He's just perpetuating the
idea that they're not worth our money because they're black and
because they sit around playing bongos all day. It's absurd.
question the �11 billion the Government will spend this year on
overseas aid. The money that the UK Government disperses through
organisations like Christian Aid is very, very heavily accountable. It
is going to places where the level of poverty is such that it would be
unimaginable for people in this country and where it makes a very
real difference to people's lives. Godfrey Bloom is no stranger to
controversy. When he was first elected in 2004, he was asked about
gender equality and said, "Women should clean behind the fridge." In
2010, he was ejected from the European Parliament after directing
a Nazi slogan at a German MEP. Following Mr Bloom's comments,
UKIP's chairman said today, "We're asking Blood Red Shoes blood not to
use this phrase again, as it may be considered disparaging to members
from other countries." Steve Crowther claims the response from
voters has been anything but negative. I have been in touch with
the region quite extensively today. I have to say that from many parts
of the party up there we are hearing that the response has been
overwhelmingly positive. UKIP say they won't be taking any further
disciplinary action against the outspoken MEP, other than a warning
to mind his language. Earlier today I spoke to Godfrey
Bloom. I asked him if he stands by his comments. Yes, I do. I made a
speech in Birmingham and I was talking about the �1 billion a month
we send with virtually no audit trail every month. I think it's a
disgrace when we're cutting back on hospitals and police in our own
country. Do you understand why using the phrase "bongo bongo land" is
offensive to many? No, it's offensive to Guardian journalists.
It's not offensive to anybody else. Not offensive to people at home.
There is no such country. How can anybody be offended? I might have
offended and I'm going to write and apologise to President Bongo of the
Gambon in case he thought I was referring to him. I was reading an
e-mail from Russ who says, "Not just un-PC, but child itch. Would you go
along with that? What is stupid is sending nearly 100% of our growth in
GDP next year abroad and without a trail, we don't know where the money
goes. I would argue that is criedish. You say the Government
shouldn't be picking people's pockets to give on foreign aid. It
works out at �137 per person. Is that too much? You have to ask the
viewers that. We are going to in a moment. I would have thought when
people are waiting for cancer treatment, dialysis machines so on
and so forth, waiting for these things that we don't have, I would
argue sending money abroad is not a good thing. People say it's not just
morally right it helps stop breeding grounds for terrorists. That is in
our national interest, surely? I believe people should and I do give
money to all sorts of charities. I we have a worth worthy charities
here in Hull for fresh water but that's not the Government's
responsibility. Britain has been praised for being one of the most
generous countries in the world. Should we be proud? We are the most
generous country in the world per capitala. It isn't for rich men like
David Cameron to take money from poor people to send abroad. �430
million spend on malaria programmes, that's not apartments in Paris.
but of course, only part of the speech has been released. Some of it
does good work. I still don't believe it's the role of Government
to take taxation from people to give to charities. If I want to give to a
charity, Save the Children or antimalaria or Red Cross, whatever
it is, that is my responsibility. It's not for the Government to do
that. What percentage of people watching will think we give too much
in foreign aid? I think nearly 100%. 400 million a month goals to the EU
to distribute in aid. We have no idea where it goes. Your listeners
who have a mother waiting for cancer treatment or a father waiting for
dialysis machines or not enough police in their neighbourhood, I
think they'll agree with me. Final question on the bongo bongo land,
apology? Do you want to make one? will apologise to President Bongo of
the gap Bonn if he -- Gambon if he thinks I was referring to him.
you think Britain should be spending billions a year on foreign aid? It
is �11 billion. Were you offended bit comments made by Mr Bloom today?
If you want to comments, we'll have some before we finish. We look
some before we finish. We look some before we finish. We look
cycle race will set off from Yorkshire. Will it now be called
England's Grand Depart? Cleaning teams have moved onto a water play
IRA in a park in Hull linked to an outbreak of the cryptosporidium
infection. An investigation is under way after reports of 18 cases in the
area. The bacteria can cause severe diarrhoea, mainly in children.
East Park's paddling pool remained closed as workmen moved in to clean
the area in what the council has described as a precautionary
measure. Since the middle of July, 18 cases of cryptosporidium have
been confirmed with the pool being seen as a possible source of
infection. We treat all outbreaks seriously...
Now public health experts have been called in to assist the council's
own investigation. We are taking all the precautions and we are doing all
what we have to do, because the first thing is stop the, reduce the
risk of infection, try to identify the source. Is most common in
children aged between one and five. It's also a danger to the elderly.
Though experts say anyone with a healthy immune system should recover
within a month. Parents with experience of the
illness say it's the one bug they'd rather avoid. It's gone through the
family in the past couple of weeks any way. Hopefully we won't get it
again. It's quite worrying something like this. Then it puts you off
going to other paddling pools. recent hot weather, hundreds of
families had enjoyed the paddling pool. Today parents were finding
different ways to occupy their children. I'm not happy but if
that's the case, we seen somebody yesterday, said they were putting
taps in it for the kids to watch their hands. It would be concerning
to go if we didn't know about it and then found out later on. I would be
angry. Ensure the outbreak's contained, the council says other
pools in the city are also being tested It could be possible that
somebody who has been to East Park play area could have been to another
pool. But it's unlikely. We just want to be sure. Are you doing about
that? We're testing the water. In other areas as well? All through the
city, to make sure. Mat jort of those affected are said to be
children who recently visited the paddling pool, with families tonight
being advised to be extra vigilant over hygiene.
Phil is in East Park now. How long have the -- are the
authorities expecting the pool to be closed? The council will give no
clear indication as to when the paddling pool here will be back to
normal. It is the height of the summer holiday. They'll be keen to
try and resolve these problems as soon as they can. We do know that in
the last 24 hours, every GP in Hull and east Yorkshire has been
contacted by health experts and alerted as to what has been
happening. They are, they say, expecting more cases over the next
couple of days to appear. Catching the symptoms early could be crucial
in preventing the spread of the infection.
More news now, a new inquest will be held into the death of a man whose
body was washed up on a Norfolk beach 24 years ago. DNA tests last
year led to believe it was Michael Sutherland who lived in Cleethorpes.
That should now be determined by the Coroners' Court. An open verdict was
pronounced in the first inquest held in 1990.
Detectives investigating the armed robbery at a jewellers in Beverley
have released a CCTV image a second person. They would like any
information about the clothes worn during the robbery. Both suspects
wore white paper overalways and black balaclavas. Watches were
stolen from the Guest andPhillips Jewellers yesterday morning.
Staff Attenborough the City of Lincoln Council will now earn what's
known as a living wage, a minimum of �7. 45 an hour. The change will
affect 39 people who have been on a rate of �6. 35, just above the
national minimum wage. The living wage is worked out with members of
the public based on what households need to maintain their standards of
living. �7 million is to be spent on
improvements to the buildings at the University of Lincoln. The
Government money will fund two new schools. The new students are
expected to start there in the next two years.
Now Prince Charles is well known as a champion of rural life. He even
runs his own organic farming business. Now his charity is helping
farmers in Lincolnshire. The coastal grazing marshes project is getting a
share of �3 million from the Prince's Countryside Fund. The money
will be held to help farms diversify and survive. It's being seen as
another sign that the future of farming is looking brighter.
One of our colleges has just reported that more youngsters are
Ben is one of two apprentice iss in Lincolnshire funded by the Prince 's
countryside fund. He's being guided through the most important event in
the farming calendar by a custodian of this industry. I was hoping I
wouldn't have to spend five days a week in college, so now I get the
chance to earn money and work and dot job I like at the same time.
started work at 15. This has always been a family farm. We've continued
in the same way really. I'd like to think that some of the skill that
I've picked up over the years that they'll not die completely, because
they'll be passed on. Farmers who congregate in the market, they work
hard and they've had long experience. Farming has changed
dramatically since the war, as these pictures of a cattle market show.
But with many farmers now exceed exceeding retirement age, new blood
is needed. Latest figures suggest the number of people farming in
Britain has declined 26% over the past 20 years. And it's estimated
that 60,000 new farmers are needed in the next decade to ensure its
future sustainability. Bishop Burton College in east Yorkshire is helping
to train that new generation. Alfie Graham was in the classroom just
last year. He now works on the college's farm. The number of young
people comeling through -- coming through is quite astonishing. There
are more and more people coming into agriculture from nonfarming
backgrounds. That's because they see it as something that's not in
recession. It could be decades before these graduates are ready to
run their own farms, to independently produce the food that
this country needs. That is why in the meantime, this industry needs a
bit of help. The Prince's Trust have been good in giving us money towards
training of people in the area, so that they understand and help to
preserve the Lincolnshire coastal grazing marshes use. Ben drives the
four miles home to a neighbouring village each night in his tractor.
An apprentice taking his training seriously! It's a dedication which
help him produce the British produce we enjoy in the future.
Good news and a boost for farmers in Lincolnshire. Thank you for
watching. Still ahead on the programme: How far? Keep going.On
the tides. The 72-year-old swimming the Humber for a 70th time.
It will be unique. I really can't think of anybody who would be daft
Thank you for the photos. Tonight's was taken by Mike B ra d.
-- Bard. -- Bard.
"I was shopping in and very excited when I saw Peter Levy in the pound
shop." With all your money! In the shop." With all your money! In the
pound shop! All right, get over it. Taking after Hudson. Should have
brought some Lypsil for you. Tonight has been nice and warm. The greater
risk of catching a shower tomorrow I think. There will be spells of
sunshine that could be a little bit warmer tomorrow. 22, 23 degrees
around the Wash. And it's because we are still in the settled spell of
weather. Still a ridge of high pressure. Tomorrow night, this
weather front pushes in. It's a fairly weak affair. It brings patchy
rain and drizzle overnight into Friday. Friday should brighten up
again. On the satellite picture, we have a mootling of cloud. We have
had cloud through the day. Also spells of sunshine. Sunny spells
into this evening. It looks like a fine night. A dry night with long,
clear spells that. Allows patchy mist and fog to develop.
Temperatures back to around 11 or 12 degrees. I think in the countryside,
like last night, it could be quite drop to around seven or eight
degrees, which is possible, we get a bit of mist, it could feel autumnal.
It will warm up. The rest of the sunshine through the morning. The
cloud bubbling up. Through the afternoon showers about. Not
everywhere catches one. In the sunshine in between, it feels warm
with temperatures around where they should be for this time of year. The
breeze will be mostly gentle and temperatures will lift to around 22
degrees, which is 72 Fahrenheit, perhaps 23 around the Wash.
On Friday, we start with a reasonable amount of cloud. It
should brighten up. The best day of should brighten up. The best day of
the weekend will be Saturday. Can't believe I'm saying this, but
when is he back from holiday? for ages. He likes to take about
three months off! He's like a politician. Oh, gosh.
Serve you right. I've been savage the last couple of weeks. See you
tomorrow. Next year, the world's biggest
annual sporting event, the Tour De France, will start in Yorkshire.
When the decision was announced in December, it was seen as a coup for
the county and a huge boost for tourism. Now it's emerged that the
Government wanted to market the event not as Yorkshire's Grand
Depart, but England's. In a moment we talk to the man given the job of
running the tour. First this report. It's one of the biggest sporting
events in the world. It attracts millions of spectators. When it was
announced that the Tour De France would start in Yorkshire next year,
the county was propelled not -- into the international spotlight. We're
delighted. For the whole of Yorkshire this is an early Christmas
present. Though the route wouldn't pass directly through east
Yorkshire, tourism bosses urged local people to embrace it. Now it's
emerged that the Government wanted to market the event not as
Yorkshire's Grand Depart, but as England's. The national tourist body
visit England's first news release about the tour mention England's 11
times and York Yorkshire -- mention England 11 times and Yorkshire just
three times. With less than a year to go, the revelations make
uncomfortable reading for those who worked to bring it to the county.
Joining me now is Sir Rodney Walker, the man put in charge of the tour
here by the Government. Good evening to you. Hello, Peter.Let's clear
this up. The lion's share of the route is in Yorkshire, will it be
granded as Grand Depart Yorkshire. The brand is secure. It's agreed
with the rights holders and it will be the welcome to Yorkshire Grand
Depart. The Government want to market the event not as Yorkshire
but as England? It isn't something that I've been full lay ware of. Do
visit England want to be aware? Of course, they do. Because there's two
days in Yorkshire. The third day is Cambridge, via Essex and the Olympic
Stadium to the mall. It is at the end of the day, an English event.
There's no question of it being anything other than two days of the
Grand Depart in Yorkshire. Two days in Yorkshire and a press release, 11
references to England and only three to Yorkshire. Was that a bad move?
have spoken several times to the chief executive of visit England and
I'm waiting for him to give me his proposals as to out Visit England
can complement the publicity that Welcome to Yorkshire are going to be
putting out. I don't see any conflict at all. I do want them to
be involved but not take over the events. Briefly, we in east
Yorkshire here feel already a bit left out of the race. Can you
understand that why when west, south and west are part of it and we're
not. Is it too late? There's nothing I can do about changing the route,
I'm afraid. But what is good news is that a lot of the local authorities
through the length and breadth of Yorkshire want to see this event a
great success. It's going to cost us �21 million or there about and the
prospects are that it will generate over �100 million of inward
investment and tourism. I'm sure you regret we're not coming to east
Yorkshire as well? I would love it to go to one of my favourite towns,
which is Scarborough, which I think is North Yorkshire, rather than
east, but it can't go everywhere. OK. Very good to have you on the
programme tonight. Thank you very much.
Now, lots of response last night on bus, taxi and lorry drivers
attending a course in Hull designed to give them a cyclist's view of the
city's roads. It's part of council efforts to make drivers aware of the
dangers facing cyclists and involve them getting on their bikes and
going on the road for themselves. A big response on this one. Just a
few, Graham, "If the cyclists choose the cycle lane that has been made
available to them, there would be a available to them, there would be a
those. Scunthorpe United have been knocked
out of the League Cup against barnedzly after a goal -- Barnsley,
after a goalless away draw sent it to penalties.
This was the decider after a shootout that saw nine missed spot
kicks. The Iron lost narrowly by five penalties to four.
It took him over three-and-a-half hours, but 72-year-old Pete
Winchester from Lincolnshire has completed his dream of swimming the
Humber for the 70th time. He set off from Spurn Point yesterday for a
12-mile swim to Cleethorpes. From east Yorkshire's coast to
Lincolnshire's. A 70th Humber swim for 72-year-old Pete Winchester and
his guide boat team. Over the years, he's raised thousands for charity
and still keeps coming back. This time, though, he insists it's his
last crossing. I had an ambition to swim the Humber to emulate join
finch or Brenda Fisher that swap the channel. When I did it once. My
first question to the lads - when are we going again? Now we're on my
70th, it will be unique, I really can't think of anybody who would be
daft enough. That's because there's more than merely smearing on
Vaseline. He has to time it just right and avoiding some obstacles.
You can't swim against the current, so we have to make use of a little
bit of the ebb, cut across dush the slack water period and then take the
flood assisting us behind the swimmer and cut back into the shore.
I want to be successful. I do want to call it a day. It is a big one,
really. So to the swim. With the tides against him at first, peat's
fast start soon slowed Andujar hour in, conditions -- slowed and an hour
in, conditions worsened. We want to be further down. Pete this was
becoming an epic swim. Two hours in and the shore still not in sight.
Normally he would be almost home and dry by now. Instead it was another
hour-and-a-half before this. Stop! hour-and-a-half before this. Stop!
hour-and-a-half before this. Stop! Pete, stand up! Yes! We've done it.
Yeah three-and-a-half hours it was a long one. I was cold, though I'm not
cold now. I think because of excitement. I can tell you honestly,
it was tough. It's amazing, it is really. Nobody will do it like Pete
has, not 70 times. Not as many times. No. So 70 Humber swims at the
age of 72, time to retire, you'd think and who knows, maybe he will.
I reckon he'll be back. Well done to Pete. Now the main national and
regional headlines: The Governor of the Bank of England says interest
rates could stay at a record low for another three years. The Yorkshire
MEP, Godfrey Bloom, has said he regrets any offence caused by his
comments on foreign aid. Tomorrow: Sunny spells and scattered showers.
Some places stay dry. Temperatures Some places stay dry. Temperatures
up to 23 Celsius. Big response on Godfrey Bloom's comments after
talking to him a few minutes ago. Steve says, Godfrey Bloom is right
in what he says. We fought in two world wars for the right of Free
Speech. Why ostracise the man for speaking the truth? Another one
says, complaining of millions of pounds going in aid was speaking for
many of us. Quite ridiculous to see the wealth of some of the leaders of
third world countries. Simon and Judith say, "We are not
amongst Mr Bloom's nearly 100%. His comments and glib manner are
designed to create an environment which racist comments are